AND THE WINNERS WERE. . .
WESTLAKE VILLAGE G.C. - 01/02/2020 We welcomed 4 complete Foursomes to celebrate the arrival of an auspicious
New Year and significant New Decade. Over half of the field finished "in the money" with Tom Knickerbocker's $44 total winnings topping the list. The Knick appropriated a solo birdie payout and took 2nd Places "across the board" in Porter Low Gross, Low Net, Partners, & Putts. Just a couple of bucks behind at $42 was Bob Stone with First Places in Porter Gross, Low Net, and Partners plus a shared birdie. The day's best score was a laudable 2-Over Par 69 posted by Ron Troncatty who claimed $36 from a solo birdie award, the Super Low Gross prize, and 3rd Net. Gordon Crook captured the Low Putts award and added 2nd Places in both Super Gross & Partners to pocket $24. The 3rd solo blind birdie paid out $22 to John Moskoff while Brian Oblak shared Mr. Stone's tweeter for an $11 split. In the Partner's category Bill Lewis teamed up with Mr. Stone to claim Partner's 1st Place worth $7 and Marilou Miller and Bruce Simon were matched up in 3rd Place for $3 apiece. ENCINO MUNI G.C. - 01/09/2020: We salute Ted Winship for posting a stunning 59 Net score on this Par 72 layout, but sadly Teddy had declined to enter any of the Wager Categories and therefor was rewarded only with kudos in place of cash. So we move on to report the actual money winners. At the top of that list was Brian Oblak who accumulated $42 from both a solo & shared blind-drawn birdies, a tie for Low Putts, and runner-up in Super Low Gross. Next was Marilou Miller with $34 taken from her tie with Brian for Low Putts, a Partners 1st Place and Low Net 2nd plus a shared blind-birdie. Miquel Romero pocketed $18 for a solo blind-birdie. Ron Troncatty's even 80 posting was still good enough to capture the Super Low Gross award along with a shared blind-birdie for a $17 total. The Porter Low Gross award paid out $12 to Bob Stone while another $12 was earned by Tom Knickerbocker in the Porter Gross runner-up spot & Partners 1st Place while still another $12 found Mike Belson winning the day's Low Net award. A final 1/2 birdie share paid out $9 to Craig Fehrman. Jimmy Dodds accepted $7 for 3rd Low Net & a tie for Partners 2nd Place while his partner Roger Pelote got a $3 share. Likewise $3 shares each went to the pairing of Jim Jacobs and John Moskoff also tied for Partners 2nd Place. LOS ROBLES GREENS G.C. - 01/16/2020: A magnificent Seven+Two players showed up in spite of the inclement weather forecast that fortunately delayed arriving until well after completion of our round. All but a single competitor sampled the offerings in this day's modest wager pots. After his 6-week hiatus to spend holiday time with family, Burman DeShautelle returned to post the only decent score, a 75 Gross, on this premium-priced golf course that presented an almost unreasonable challenge with unkept fairways and divot-holed putting surfaces that yielded 36+ average putts per player. In spite of these conditions Burman earned $56 big ones from his 10-shot win in Super Low Gross, 1st in Low Putts, 2nds in both Low Net & Partners and half of the entire blind birdie pot. Gordon Crook appropriated the other half of the birdie loot as the sole tweeter of the entire day was posted by this pair on Hole #1. Gordon added Partners 3rd Place to his resume for a $30 payout. The day's Low Net prize and a subsequent Partners 1st Place along with 2nd Low Putts sent $18 to Jim Jacobs. The Porter Low Gross award found Bob Stone on the receiving end of a paltry $8 even with his Partners 3rd Place. John Moskoff joined JJ in the Partners 1st spot and tied for Net 3rd to claim $7. Marilou Miller joined Mr. Moskoff for Net 3rd and partnered with Burman for Partners 2nd to earn an even Five Bucks. The runner-up spot in Super Gross was worth $4 for Ron Troncatty while the Porter Gross runner-up paid out a token $2 to Bruce Simon. ELKINS RANCH G.C. - 01/23/2020 Huge congrats to Ron Troncatty who posted a sensational 77 Gross and 70 Net on this very difficult course to dominate the wager categories by taking 1st Places in Super Low Gross, Low Net, Partners & Putts for a birdie-less $33 reward. The remainder of the field must have felt like they were playing the Bethpage Black monster as their average Gross scores topped triple digits at 100.4 resulting in average Net scores at 79.4, both most likely Thursday Group all-time records. The one standout in this melee was Val Mayer who scored the only birdie of the day to claim the ENTIRE birdie wager pot, harkening back to Feb. 2018 at Simi when one Jimmy Jacobs accomplished the identical feat and this season on Sept. 5th at Encino when Mike Gannon pulled off the same heist followed by Brian Oblak's solo tweeter Oct. 24th at Olivas Links. Val added the runner-up spot in Low Putts to pocket a sizeable $60 payout. The Porter Low Gross award went to Bob Stone along with a Partners 2nd Place for a modest $11 award. Ted Winship registered a Net 2nd & Partners 3rd for his $8 winnings while Tom Knickerbocker's Porter Gross 2nd & Partners 3rd earned $6. A pair of $5 sums apiece went to Mike Belson in Partners 1st Place and Marilou Miller with a Partners 2nd & Net 3rd on her resume. Identical Two Dollar bills found Brian Oblak as Super Gross runner-up and John Moskoff tied with Marilou for Low Net 3rd Place. HARDING G.C. - 01/30/2020:This event's Scoring Sheet documents a return to normalcy after the previous week's unusual ordeal with the final tally reflecting reasonably average Net Scores from our fair and accurately computed Handicaps. Of course there were two stunning exceptions, namely Jimmy Dodds and Marilou Miller, who both posted an amazing Net 63 to tie for 1st Place in that category. JD's solo birdie award along with a Partners 2nd Place boosted his winnings to $31 while Marilou settled for $21 after adding a Partners 1st and Low Putts runner-up. This day's top money winner was Tom Knickerbocker with a $38 total coming from his Porter Low Gross award plus 1+1/2 birdie shares. The Super Low Gross award honored Ron Troncatty's 78 Gross score and his 29 Putts also won that category for an even Twenty Bucks. Jim Sabbe's solo birdie award was worth $18 while a shared birdie and tie for Porter Gross runner-up sent $12 to Bob Stone. The Super Gross runner-up was Brian Oblak who added a Partners 2nd for an $8 take. Identical $6 payouts went to Ted Winship in Partners 1st Place and to John Moskoff with a pair of 3rds in Net & Partners followed by a token Two Bucks apiece to Roger Pelote tied for 2nd Porter Gross and to Val Mayer in the Partners 3rd spot.
Gigs & Stuff
Tom Bower will be returning to competition this month after a whirlwind couple of months participating in the annual award season marathon.
He and Ursula have been tending to their hip and back problems at a place called the Stretch Lab with very positive results. Tom recently did a guest role on the HBO pilot Made For Love starring Ray Romano. It has been set to go on the air this upcoming season. Let's hope his role will be recurring. Some time back he worked on an indie film which has been accepted as an entrant in the Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. It's working title is The Josh Leonard and Jess Wexler Pregnant Movie. Cute title, but probably not their final choice -- Criminal Minds is in it's final season's rerun skein, and on the 19th on CBS you will find Brian Oblack's episode Family Treat. On the bright side there are significant "insider" rumors that CBS may relent to fan pressure to resurrect the show for another year... we'll have to see! -- On the 15th, John & Leanna Moskoff can celebrate a late Valentines Day along with his birthday.
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